Unfortunately, door locks weren’t made to last forever. Eventually, all door locks will break depending on the quality.
When a door lock breaks it could be crucial that you fix it as soon as you can. A broken door lock can compromise the security of a property as it isn’t functioning to its full capability.
You may need to replace a broken lock or sometimes you can just repair your lock. As locksmiths in Toowoomba, we carry a lot of spare parts for locks in our service vans and workshop. Or replacement locks where required. There are a lot of little moving parts inside a lock, occasionally there is just one simple broken part stopping it all from working together.
A common occurrence in a lot of older style homes, especially in Toowoomba where we have stunning Colonial and Queenslander homes, is building or house movement. The foundations of a house can often move and shift causing a door to not meet up with the striker plate on the frame of the door. Weather can also play a major part in house movement, colder months versus summer months there is always a slight adjustment in the ground. All these causes can give the user the impression that they have a broken lock but this may not be the case. This can be a simple fix where a locksmith can make an adjustment to the part that the lock actually locks into.
broken door lock
A factor of a broken door lock could also be that it is faulty. Sometimes there are faults in the manufacturing of the lock, there are a lot of moving parts that make a lock work. If one of those small parts isn’t doing it job correctly it can cause the whole lock to not work. Depending on the situation it could cost more for a locksmith to pull apart the lock and try fixing the broken lock.
Many people would worry that if their lock cannot be repaired, they will have to buy a new lock that might not match the rest of the doors on the house or business premises. There are plenty of options on the market that you will be able to source the exact same or very similar fitting lock. Toowoomba Locksmiths have a number of suppliers with all different products, the chance of not finding what you are after for a replacement lock is slim to none.
Matching New Lock
The new lock could also be changed so it can match a current key for your house. This just involves the lock being taken apart and the internals of the lock being rearranged, for example: the same key will operate both the front and back door. This eliminates having a different key for every door in your house, it is one universal key.
Are you busy and can't make it into a locksmith or do you have a number of jobs that need doing at home as well some key cutting or replacements. We can do it all when come out to your home or business to cater for all your security needs. We have 3 mobile locksmiths in the mobile locksmith Toowoomba division of our business and our everyday number is also our 24hour number so in any emergency situation ring our land number and one of our technicians will be there to help you out, anytime.
Whether it is emergency or everyday we can help you;
Broken into during the day; rest assured we can get there to change your locks fast, so your security is improved.
Lost your keys; we can cut new keys out on site or we have an accessible store front in Neil St.
Locked yourself outside; we can get you back inside without damagining your existing locks, fast.
Moved house?; need to replace your locks, we can do that the same day.
Our mobile locksmiths are professional, uniformed and skilled in all locksmith service requirements, we always do our best service first time, because we know how important feeling secure is.
What to do when you have just been robbed, here is what we advise our customers to do next.
Call the police and don’t move anything
Get out of the house just in case they are still inside, wait in the car and lock the doors if you are there on your own woman/man.
Police will check for signs of forced entry, finger prints etc...
Find out if any keys have been stolen e.g house keys, car keys, work keys etc…
Call a locksmith and organise them to change the locks as soon as it is possible but this does have to be done after the police have been, you can organise this while the police are at your house or even call the locksmith and let them know you are waiting for police to attend and will need someone straight after (also let the Locksmith know if any other keys have been stolen)
Ask your locksmith for security tips while he is on site (things such as a sticker in your window stating your house is protected by Toowoomba Locksmiths, the best type of lock to suit your door, CCTV cameras etc…) Remember increased security measures lowers your chance of experiencing a break in, it does not guarantee it. Although increased security can give you peace of mind with; correctly positioned security cameras, engraved or documented evidence on and of your valuables = an increased chance of the crims being caught and convicted. Security is a long game, but one that is winnable.
For insurance purposes; do a quick assessment of what is missing, keep the list somewhere you can easily access and add to it as you notice more in the coming days.
Remember all assets can be replaced, people can not.
Cutting your keys from cylinder numbers are usually on the lock that is in your door, car etc., many lock manufacturers record the cutting depths and details to enable companies like us to reproduce keys without the need to replace locks. In most cases the key number will be stamped on the front of the lock next to where the key enters, in some cases the number may also be stamped on the original key as well.
The next step we take is to make sure that each key has smooth edges after key cutting, the reasons are as follows;1. Most commonly finishing the new copy to ensure when the key is used in the lock it does not leave any scores or imperfections on the leavers/detainers inside the lock,2. If the levers or detainers were to get scored this could result in more than one lever/detainer lifting inside the lock in operation causing a potential lock out situation.3. The same applies to deburing cylinder type keys or any type of pin tumbler or wafer style lock as swarf (tiny fragments of metal) can get into the lock and cause issues with tolerances or reliability of that lock.
These are actions and practices a licensed locksmith would take as they have a great understanding of what goes on inside the lock once the key is entered. That is why you should always have your keys cut at a professional locksmiths and not the hardware store as the extra measures we take to ensure you keys will not damage your lock will save you in the long term.
While your with us, take just an extra 5 minutes to chat to us, we are full of handy tips that may increase your security measures where you need it. Call Toowoomba Locksmiths today for any key cutting solutions or extra lock security you may require.
Security door screens are usually installed to offer that extra bit of security when you are home on your own or when someone comes to the front door. But this doesn't deter break ins especially as opportunistic thieves rely on our complacency of leaving our keys in the door once we get home on the inside after we have locked the door.
There has been a spike of late in Brisbane and out lying areas creeping up to Toowoomba of people cutting through the screen doors to gain access, especially when the keys are left in the door. Security doors can be fitted with a device that offers extra depth and protection around the key area. When we attend break and enters that have either gained accessed via doors or windows, we offer upgrade advice for their situation. One of the key deterrents for security screen breakins is by installing one of the security screen protector ‘ad a guard’ (see final image) which is a plastic sheeting, this extends the security if someone tries to cut the screen to reach in and open the handle, this is a common trick that is used. This extra protection acts as a deterrent to this kind of crime.
A high number of victims (60 per cent) in the ABS research cited a door or window had been damaged or tampered with in attempted break-ins, so it pays to invest in strengthening these defences. A solid core door with a deadlock, for example, is harder to force, grilles and shutters prevent burglars from breaking in through windows, and a peep hole or lockable security screen can help keep burglars out. Alliance; Tips to Secure a Home
As our children grow they get to have more and more responsibility added to their plate to prepare them for not only becoming a teen/young adult but also in providing them with opportunities to develop confidence in themselves. Engaging our kids in more and more of the household daily gigs, gives them the ability to know how to handle different situations in not only home life but in personal life and security as they become more independent.
Every home has different levels of 'normal' and we know that transition from child to young adult is differnt for each family. As our children mature, their world is filled less and less with fairies and turtles that can do awesome ninja moves to zombies, boys/girls, getting home on public transport, riding their bikes to and from school or getting a lift with other families. Whatever the situation the time will come when the talk and solution for home security in regards to keeping keys safe, not allowing strangers into the home and the responsibility of having friends over without parents being home. Key and home security is an important conversation and strategy that each family will eventually develop into the smooth running of your household.
As kids have a tendency to overshare in their younger years, which was once an endeering part of being a kid has to take a different perspective as they get grow. This is especially relevant in the context of taking care of the house keys. The beauty of evolutions in industry is that today in the market of Locksmiths and home security there are some super basic solutions up to the digital evolution of home security.
Here are some of our suggestions on key security for your kids and family.
Some solutions in key security;
A well placed key hider/safe which is coded with a 2-4 digital combination that can be kept near the front door and allow your child to have the freedom to let themselves. We have written a blog about Key Safes if you wish to investigate this option further.
Digital Door Lock;
The Kevo Digital lock is installed to easily replace the standard door key, Kevo, Lockwood and other digital security companies are developing digital door locks to piggy back on the growing trend of home automation.
Lockwood Wireless Deadbolt; be aware that the locks that you buy at Bunnings and hardware stores are no where near the quality that we buy for Locksmiths. This lock can be integrated with Z-wave a very popular system in Australia for home automation. The key to digital locks for security for your children, is that every person in your household gets their own code and when that code is entered you will get a text to your phone to notify you that your little version of you has made it home. That is a peace of mind that is worth every bit of your time to look at for an option for home security.
If you are either looking to upgrade your home security, make a system of entry for your kids that will allow you peace of mind please talk to Nathan or the boys at TL and we will give you our advice based on your situation that empower you to make the right decision for home security. We are locksmith nerds and love what we do.
The simplicity of Key hiders and Key safes allow you to have a place to store the spare key for staff, family or the kids with peace of mind that no one will be able to find and use the key if they happen upon it. These key safes are not based on technology but simple robust back ups for when you need a place to store the spare keys.
It can have a 2, 4 or 6 digit passcode and is easy to set and change. It takes a drill and screwdriver to fix it to the wall anywhere outside the house and it even if it is knocked off the wall it is made of robust materials to make it a delayed entry to access the keys. The key to keeping your house secure is to make it as unappealing as possible for want to be criminals to try and break into your home. This is the best measure for home security, deterrence, rather than solely a good insurance policy. Making it challenging and disruptive for criminals immediately makes your home less appealing for opportunistic break ins.
Thinking of changing your locks?
Did you know that instead of replacing the entire lock you can save money by re-keying locks existing on your premises?!
Re-keying locks is when a locksmith alters the lock in order to make sure that only new keys can operate the lock.
If you are concerned about that someone may have a key to your home you can consider re-keying existing locks! This ensures you know who has a key and is a cheaper alternative to replacing the locks, therefore SAVING YOU MONEY!
Toowoomba Locksmiths has a team of professional locksmiths that are happy to help with any questions you have regarding changing, replacing, or re-keying your locks!
Call us today on 07 4632 6060.
When you have moved in to a new home that is the best time to consider changing the locks on a house. You cannot be sure who may have a copy of the keys to your house unless all locks are re-keyed or replaced!
If you are worried about people gaining access to your home or breaking in, talk to our locksmiths about our different systems that can help increase the security of your home. Toowoomba Locksmiths is passionate about home security! We have options that restrict who can cut keys, digital locking systems, bump resistant options and CCTV camera systems that can be used in order to create extra home security. These systems may initially cost more than off the shelf locks, however the added security helps ensure no unwanted visitors can enter your home!
We also recommend that you change the codes to any alarm or locking systems that require codes as soon as you move in, as well as, on a regular basis.
We suggest adding other forms of security such as, CCTV, door chains, and deadbolts. This will help enhance home security and will deter intruders. The harder it is to get in the less likely an intruder is to try.
After we install your new security system ask us about obtaining a
“MY HOME IS PROTECTED BY TOOWOOMBA LOCKSMITHS”
sign or window sticker to help deter intruders.
I am sure you have heard Locksmiths referring to Transponder Keys, but you may not know exactly what a Transponder Key is!
Since 1995 the majority of new cars have used transponders within the key, which works by sending a radio signal needed in order to start the vehicle. The transponder is a small microchip in the head of they key and if a key for the vehicle is cut without programming the transponder the key will not allow the vehicle to start, although it will still turn the engine over. This is because the immobilisers will still be active.
The transponder creates additional security for new vehicles, but it does come with the disadvantage of high costs and long waits when a key is lost and a new one is ordered through a car dealership. A transponder key is essentially a key with a code transmitter embedded that sends a unique alpha-numeric code to your ignition. When received, the transponder in the ignition tells the car that it is okay to start. Programming or reprogramming a transponder key depends on the make and model of your vehicle. For domestic cars with a vehicle identification number (VIN) that starts with 1 or 4, the keys can be reprogrammed by simply taking the keys out to your car and entering the program mode.
This is where, here at Toowoomba Locksmiths, we can help! With Automotive Locksmith technology we can cut and program 90% of transponder keys using your current key! This way you can store your additional key in case you loose your current key. Using a local locksmith will significantly reduce the cost of additional keys and ensure you are supplied with a copy of your key instantaneously, bypassing long waits.
As your local locksmith in Toowoomba we always recommend keeping at least two transponder keys on hand because, if no current key is present, dealership replacements are generally expensive and incur long waiting periods.
A transponder key is essentially a key with a code transmitter embedded that sends a unique alpha-numeric code to your ignition. When received, the transponder in the ignition tells the car that it is okay to start. Programming or reprogramming a transponder key depends on the make and model of your vehicle. For domestic cars with a vehicle identification number (VIN) that starts with 1 or 4, the keys can be reprogrammed by simply taking the keys out to your car and entering the program mode.